Calvin Coolidge Typed Letter Signed as President of the Massachusetts Senate


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30th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Calvin Coolidge” as President of the Massachusetts State Senate, undated but circa late 1915, “Massachusetts Senate / President’s Room / State House, Boston” letterhead, to Clarence Hobbs, Jr., a Massachusetts State Senator, in full:

You have no doubt seen that I have decided to be a candidate for lieutenant governor.  It would be very gratifying to me to have your support and I trust you will let me know if you feel you can extend it to me.  Of course I do not need to tell you that if you think conditions are such that you cannot do this my only feeling would be of regret.

In very good condition, folds with some minor staining, age toning.

Republican Calvin Coolidge climbed the political ladder in his home state of Massachusetts.  He won election to the State Senate in 1911.  Coolidge intended to retire after his second term as was the custom, but when the President of the State Senate, Levi H. Greenwood, considered running for Lieutenant Governor, Coolidge decided to run again for the Senate in the hopes of being elected as its presiding officer.  He won and held that position for several terms.  He later decided to run for Lieutenant Governor, won, and held the office from 1916-1919.

Coolidge would go on to serve as Governor of Massachusetts from 1919-1921, become Vice President of the United States in 1921 and succeed to President when Warren G. Harding died on August 2, 1923.